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Quebec City - Tres Magnificent!

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An April 2002 trip to Quebec City by Re Carroll

Choco Musee Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: For me, visiting Quebec City was like taking a trip to Europe without the hassles of a passport or foreign currency. The city is a wonderful mix of European ambiance and Canadian history, all rolled into one compact and easily explored package.

Quebec City - Tres Magnificent!

Overview

Quebec City's walls Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Old Quebec City is a UNESCO heritage site and the only city in North America that still has its original defense walls. I spent much of my time within the walls of Haute Ville (Upper Town). Many of Quebec City’s historic buildings have been converted to hotels, restaurants and shops which makes it a joy to explore. Chateau Frontenac looks like it belongs in France’s Loire Valley. It is the most well known part of Quebec’s skyline and one of the most photographed hotels in the world. To get to Basse Ville (Lower Town) you can walk down a seemingly never ending series of stairs or take the funicular. I enjoyed the walk down but going up was a different story so the glass walled funicular c...Read More

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec

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Hotel | "Centre International de Sejour de Quebec"

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This hostel had two main things going for it - the price of $18 (CDN) per night and its location inside the walls of the old town. It’s a very popular place and was booked solid even in mid April so I was very glad I had a reservation. The building is old and not particularly attractive: it’s pretty dark and dreary although staff do their best to keep it clean. My room was similar to the others with 3 bunk beds in a room. The walls and ceiling had cracks in them and the wooden floors were very squeaky. Showers and toilet were down the hall. The faucets for the shower were outside the stall so it was really important to make sure you had the right temperature before you got in. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec
19 RUE SAINTE-URSULE
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0755

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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Hotel | "Chateau Frontenac"

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Staying here was something I’d always wanted to do and was the highlight of my trip to Quebec City. The hotel was built in 1893 and was the second of the railroad hotels (the first being Banff Springs in Alberta) built across Canada to provide luxury accommodations for travelers. A tour guide told me that it is the most photographed hotel in the world and I can well believe it. It looks like something you’d find in France’s Loire Valley. Its location is spectacular - seemingly perched atop the city walls with the St. Lawrence River practically at its doorstep. My room was in the original part of the hotel and had a view of the courtyard. All of the 621 guest rooms are decorated dif...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
1 RUE DES CARRIERES
Quebec City, Quebec G1R4P5
418 692-3861

Cafe Crepe Breton

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Restaurant

Cafe Crepe Breton Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This restaurant is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike and there is often a line up at the door of people waiting for a table. The interior is filled with dark wood and slate rock walls and has a real homey feel to it. It is divided into a couple of small rooms with tables and/or booths. I chose to sit at the counter in the main room because I didn’t want to wait nor did I think it was fair for one person to take up a table when there so many groups and couples waiting. The best part about counter service was watching the cook making crepes on the griddle and boy, did she work hard! She was constantly in motion as she poured the batter in a thin stream onto a round stove top gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Cafe Crepe Breton
1136 rue St. Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692 0438

Voutes St. Louis (Les)

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Restaurant | "Les Voutes St. Louis"

Voutes St. Louis (Les) Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This restaurant is on one of the main streets in Vieux (Old) Quebec and is only a couple of blocks from the Chateau Frontenac. It is located in an old building with walls that have been stripped of stucco and feature bare stone and cement - very atmospheric. The entrance is a few steps below the street and there are two levels with tables on each. Small tables with candles flickering in red glass holders and antiques scattered throughout as well as easy listening jazz and contemporary music help to set a relaxing tone. Some of the menu items were poached salmon, seafood, coq au vin, brochettes , etc. They also featured Table D’Hote - a 4 course meal, including tea or coffee for one set pri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Voutes St. Louis (Les)
50 rue St. Louis
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694- 0182

Vieux Québec

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Attraction | "Tours du Vieux Quebec"

Vieux Québec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I wanted to see more of the area but didn’t want to rent a car and try to sightsee while navigating unfamiliar roads so I booked a 4 hour bus trip called "Country Side Tour". Our first visit was to rural Ile d’Orleans, about 15 minutes away. Once on the island, we could look across the St. Lawrence to the Laurentian Mountains, part of the Great Shield that covered the continent during the ice age. We drove through the small village of Sainte-Petronille and learned that many of the original settlers to Quebec came here to farm and raise their family. I was disappointed that the tour didn’t stop anywhere on Ile d’Orleans but it did provide lots of information on the early years of Quebec C...Read More

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Vieux Québec
Rue de Tresor and Grand Allee
Quebec, Quebec GIR 5B8
+1 418 522 8108

Maison Chevalier

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Attraction

Maison Chevalier Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Located in Basse Ville, near Place-Royal, this house is part of the Museum of Civilization that is located further down the road. The original house was built in the 17th century and then rebuilt in 1762 after being gutted by fire. Construction was expensive because of the large number of windows and this made it one of the premier houses of its era. It changed hands a number of times and was the London Coffee House Inn for most of the 1800s. It was restored by the Quebec government in 1959 and designated a heritage building. Currently, it houses the temporary exhibit "A Sense of the Past" although the fellow at admissions said this exhibit is pretty permanent. Each room in the hous...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Maison Chevalier
50 rue du Marche-Champlain
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 643-2158

Choco Musee

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Attraction

Choco Musee Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I am a confirmed chocoholic so when I saw the sign advertising a Chocolate Museum, I was sure it had been created just for me. It is part museum and part store. The retail area reminded me of a Belgian or French chocolate shop. It is filled with a wide variety of handmade chocolates, truffles, cookies and brownies as well as creamy ice cream. The shop is quite small and just a few customers can make it crowded but it’s worth that tiny inconvenience. Among the many products that I’d recommend is rich and creamy dark chocolate with a pear filling or any one of their truffles - heavenly! Even the ice cream cones are topped with chocolate decorations. In a separate room at the back of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Choco Musee
634 rue Saint Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 524-2122

Picnicking in Quebec City

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Epicerie Richard Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Quebec City is filled with picturesque spots that are just perfect for a picnic or just taking a relaxing break from sightseeing. Even a quick snack becomes a memorable event due to the surroundings. A picnic means food and there are many places in which to find picnic goodies. A small store near the church in Place Royale sold individual containers of creamy maple yogurt and I found myself making a couple of return visits just for that. Outside the walls, along busy rue St. Jean, almost every block had at least one small bakery/deli or mouthwatering chocolate shop. There was also a grocery store that has been in existence since the 1800s. Prices were high but there was a good selection of ...Read More